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Your External Hard Drive Can Finally Join Your Computer's Trippy Light Show

If you’re someone who can’t work, play, or kill time online without your desktop PC blinding you with a spectacle of flashing LEDs, ASUS will now let your external hard drive join the desktop rave. The company’s new FX HDD drive includes its own set of LEDs, illuminating a circuit trace pattern that will sync to the…

You Can Rearrange the Letters and Spell Out Any Message On This Scrabble Tile Rack Lamp You Can Rearrange the Letters and Spell Out Any Message On This Scrabble Tile Rack Lamp

The most effective way to tell your co-workers you don’t want to be bothered is to close your office door. But if you’re stuck in cubicle purgatory, that’s not an option. Instead, try this Scrabble tile rack desk lamp that lets you spell out seven-letter warnings like ‘GO AWAY’, ‘NOT NOW’, or other, blunter messages…

I'm Completely Captivated by the Clever Tricks Used to Build a Disco Ball Inside a Lightbulb

Any room with a disco ball hanging from the ceiling is a non-stop party, and now any space can easily get a dance floor upgrade with this fun DIY project that shows you how to build a disco ball—using some brilliantly clever building techniques—inside a standard-sized lightbulb.

Your Christmas Decorations Can't Compete With the Light-Up Millennium Falcon on This Family's Roof Your Christmas Decorations Can't Compete With the Light-Up Millennium Falcon on This Family's Roof

If you’re the type of person who gets caught up in decorating competitions around the holidays, be thankful you don’t live near Colby Powell and his family. Instead of inflatable Santas or a towering tree, they built a light-up Millennium Falcon on the roof of their house that measures almost 29 feet long.

They Should Sell These Brilliant Paper Flashlights in Giant Rolls Like Paper Towels

How many times have you stumbled in the dark, trying to locate a flashlight, only to discover the batteries inside it are dead? It’s an inconvenience in the middle of the night, but a genuine problem in an emergency, which is why this roll-up paper flashlight from Nendo seems like a brilliant idea for when the power…

I Wish All Smart Home Upgrades Were as Easy as This Light Bulb

There’s an entire standup routine waiting to be written about how smart home accessories can be incredibly dumb and complicated. But one of the easiest smart home upgrades, smart lighting, has just gotten easy enough for even your parents to install without calling you—if they’re living in Apple’s ecosystem.

A Nightmarish Chibi Godzilla, and More of the Best Toys of the Week A Nightmarish Chibi Godzilla, and More of the Best Toys of the Week

Welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9's weekly roundup of the best toys in this galaxy (and any other). This week, a bizarro Godzilla figurine, a very slick Star-Lord figure, a fancy Star Trek lamp, and maybe more than a few new Star Wars toys, thanks to Celebration Orlando. Gird your wallets and check them out below!

These Motion-Activated Christmas Lights Become Intensely Bright To Scare Off Intruders

‘Tis the season for Christmas parties, leaving many homes empty and prime targets for burglars while revelers are away visiting family and friends. But there’s nothing to worry about if you’ve decorated your home with these festive, motion-activated Christmas lights that crank to 12,000 lumens of brightness to scare…

A Flashlight That Can Start Fires and Cook Dinner Is the Best Camping Accessory A Flashlight That Can Start Fires and Cook Dinner Is the Best Camping Accessory

Wicked Lasers is known for its handheld lasers and flashlights that redefine what it means to be bright. A few years ago it released a flashlight that was intense enough to start a fire, and now the company has managed to dramatically shrink its design so you can easily bring it the next time you go camping and leave…

Spectacular Halloween Light Show Will Make You Glad You're Not This Guy's Neighbor Spectacular Halloween Light Show Will Make You Glad You're Not This Guy's Neighbor

If you head on over to Deercreek Drive in Riverside, California, and find the house near Orange Terrace Park, you’ll be treated to what has become one of the best Halloween traditions anywhere in the country. There you’ll find one of the most spectacular Halloween light shows imaginable—making you thankful you’re not…

The Solar System Is Always Visible at Night With These Planetary String Lights The Solar System Is Always Visible at Night With These Planetary String Lights

A stellar view of the night sky, including all of our celestial neighbors, is dependent on countless factors like light pollution, the weather, and even the time of year. But you can guarantee that all of the planets in our solar system are visible when you go stargazing with this planetary string light set created by…

Philips New LED Bulbs Change Color With the Flip of a Switch

The Philips Hue system is one of the few smart home solutions that work as well as you need them to, having been around for quite a few years now. But if you don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on the requisite wireless hub and color-changing bulbs, Philips now has a cheaper alternative with its new SceneSwitch…

Add a Battery and This Ultra-Thin Bookmark Becomes a Reading Light Add a Battery and This Ultra-Thin Bookmark Becomes a Reading Light

Just because you’ve completely shunned ebooks and e-readers for classic paper tomes, that doesn’t mean you can’t let a little technology improve your reading experience. Kyouei Design’s Bookmark Light will not only save your page, it will also save your eyes, turning into an ultra-compact reading light.

There's an Epic Space Battle Happening Inside This Star Wars Lava Lamp

Staring at a lava lamp is a mesmerizing experience, even for those who haven’t taken anything to free their minds. But this Star Wars-themed lava lamp replaces those floating blobs of goo with glitter shaped like tiny X-wings and TIE Fighters, creating a never-ending space battle you can stare at forever.

Authentic Sound Effects Are the Best Part of This Super Mario Bros. Lamp

Much to the chagrin of the person you sleep next to every night, this wonderful Super Mario Bros.-inspired Question Block lamp makes that classic video game ‘ping’ sound every time you tap it on and off. No actual coins are ejected, but we’re waiting for confirmation on whether or not the occasional mushroom pops out.

IKEA Keeps Getting Weirder, Now Sells Hydroponic Gardens IKEA Keeps Getting Weirder, Now Sells Hydroponic Gardens

The world mostly knows IKEA for its flatpack furniture and mediocre meatballs. In the past year, however, the company’s doubled down on a new category: gadgets. And you know what? They’re kind of awesome.

You Can Tweak the Warmth of Philips' New White Hue Bulbs To Help You Fall Asleep You Can Tweak the Warmth of Philips' New White Hue Bulbs To Help You Fall Asleep

Poking at your smartphone before bed makes it harder to fall asleep because the cool, bluish glow of its screen tricks your body think it’s daytime. Warmer tones are the key to drifting off, so Philips is introducing a new white bulb to its Hue line that can be adjusted from cool to warm color temperatures to help…

Mood Lighting Is This Life-Size BB-8 Floor Lamp's Only Skill

Now that almost everyone on the planet has seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it’s officially time for BB-8 to finally take the merchandising torch from R2-D2. We’ll definitely miss Artoo, but how could we ever say no to products like this life-size BB-8 floor lamp?

A Hammock With LED Lighting and Inflatable Mattress Sounds Like a Hanging Hotel Room A Hammock With LED Lighting and Inflatable Mattress Sounds Like a Hanging Hotel Room

Say what you will about how comfortable a hammock is for sleeping, Eagles Nest Outfitters is working to make them just a bit more hospitable with its new DoubleNest LED that incorporates a string of glowing lights so you can read, adjust your sleeping bag, or easily find your way back after a bathroom break.

An App Manages the Brightness of Petzl's New Headlamps to Maximize Battery Life An App Manages the Brightness of Petzl's New Headlamps to Maximize Battery Life

When you’re heading out for a night run, or hiking through the woods after dark, a working headlamp is almost as important as the shoes on your feet. So Petzl is upgrading its hands-free headlamps with Bluetooth and smartphone connectivity to intelligently manage brightness and battery life.

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